[Haskell-cafe] GSOC Project Ideas

Jason Dagit dagitj at gmail.com
Tue Mar 11 05:39:19 UTC 2014

On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 9:31 PM, Allan Gardner <allanegardner at gmail.com>wrote:

I've tried putting these by two people (edwardk and carter) on
> #haskell-gsoc, and they both said that all the GHC ideas are too hard for a
> GSOC. Can I get a third opinion?

I absolutely agree. The thing about GSoC is that the time is short and
relative to that the proposals tend to be ambitious. To make the best of
the time you have, it's really important to understand what changes need to
be made and to have a pretty solid idea of how you'll implement it.

Of course, that's not the full story. GSoC is also an important mentoring
opportunity as well. So you're not expected to know everything or all the
technical details. Just keep in mind the time goes fast and that you
probably won't have much time left if you need to spend time getting up to

The exception would be if you have previous experience with modifying ghc.
In that case, it might be reasonable to do a ghc-based proposal.

I hope that helps,
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